Colorado Tech Weekly #216: What is Your School’s Reputation?

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4 years ago I decided to go back to school for my Bachelors Degree in Computer Science through Regis University.  After I started, I learned about the various code schools in Colorado and I am jealous of the students who started the same time I did. Many of them have been working as developers for over 2 years and a few of them are mentoring newer students. Meanwhile, I am still a Computer Science student.

When I heard about Dev Bootcamp and The Iron Yard shutting down, I thought of the fate of the code schools and code school students in Colorado. All schools (even colleges), as well as the recent graduates of those schools, depend on the school’s reputation to succeed. I did not take this into consideration in 2002 when I spent my GI Bill benefits to go the now defunct Westwood College. It’s important for everyone associated with an education institution (private and public) to take their school’s reputation seriously so that students and alumni can continue to benefit from their education.

What is your school’s reputation?

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Want to get involved in a Colorado meetup group? Here are 5 great places to start [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver pot technology company, MassRoots, says it raised $1.2 million [DBJ]
  • Denver’s Ibotta lands big investor, plans hiring spree [DBJ]
  • Colorado companies help to propel fledgling drone industry forward [BizWest]
  • Colorado’s Greystone Career & Culture, July 26 [GreystoneTech]
  • Denver-based Dizzion hires new VP of Operations [Dizzion]
  • Boulder’s CodeCraft responds to Dev Bootcamp and The Iron Yard shutting down [CodeCraft]
  • Denver data center company, Fortrust, bought for $128 million [DBJ]
  • Westminster-based DigitalGlobe shareholders give OK to $2.4B purchase by Canadian firm [DBJ]
  • Denver data-protection company, eFolder, to merge with Silicon Valley tech firm [DBJ]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #170: Dizzion and GoSpotCheck Grow, Denver Celebrates Startups and Amazon Office Opens in Broomfield

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Today officially starts Denver Startup Week! I have purposely left DSW events out of this post for two reasons. The first reason is that the DSW website is an excellent and easy to use resource for all things DSW.

The second reason is that I’m a little bitter about DSW. Last week I was all excited to spend Tuesday downtown at panels, meeting people and participating in the Cognizant Quick Left hackathon however life had other plans for me. My house needs foundation repairs so instead of spending Tuesday meeting you cool people in real life I will spend it moving everything out of my basement to get my basement slab repaired.

Things don’t always go as planned but they often work out for the best. Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Colorado Springs-based Titan Robotics Engineer, Allison Jones, named Flag Bearer for Rio Paralympics [Titan3DRobotics]
  • Greenwood Village’s zvelo spent the week with over 20,000 hackers at DEF CON 24 — Here’s what we saw [zvelo]
  • Denver-based Dizzion secures $6.4M Series A1 funding led by Grotech Ventures and Access Venture Partners [Dizzion]
  • Denver’s GoSpotCheck pulls in $16.5M Series B, plans to double headcount [BuiltinColorado]
  • Anschutz doubles down on e-sports with five-year ESL joint venture [DenverPost]
  • 6 Colorado tech companies where you could land your dream job this month [BuiltinColorado]
  • Lockheed-built NASA probe made in Littleton launches on mission to fetch asteroid sample [DBJ]
  • Golden’s Wowza Media Systems partners with Alibaba Cloud to deliver streaming to Chinese markets [InnovatioNews]
  • Amazon tech operation opens in Colorado; hiring under way in Broomfield [DBJ]
  • Are you a stranded ITT Tech student? Colorado’s community colleges are offering help [DenverPost]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #161: Real Space, Fake Space, Real Bots, Chat Bots

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This week there was cool news about real space with Lockheed Martin’s involvement with the Juno space probe. There is also some cool news about a space-themed game published by Serenity Forge.

The chat bot is thanks to BillHero in Ft. Collins so you can pay your bills using Facebook Messenger. And when it comes to real bots, I have finally started developing my first Sphero app. It’s a very simple app that allows you to drive the Sphero and see data from the Sphero sensors so you can figure out if you and your robot are thinking the same thing.

Have a great week! Be kind to each other.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • NASA and Littleton-based Lockheed Martin reach Jupiter with Juno space probe [DBJ]
  • Englewood-based IHS and Markit merger will trade under new NASDAQ symbol [DenverPost]
  • A Note from our New CEO, Andrea Young [CTA]
  • 4 Colorado recruiters share what you should really ask during your interview [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver’s SendGrid launches new endpoint to complete API email management [ProgrammableWeb]
  • Denver-based Dizzion and Call Center Optimization Group announce new partnership [Dizzion]
  • Don’t settle for boring. 5 Colorado tech companies that want to hire you [BuiltinColorado]
  • Ft. Collins-based BillHero announces first Facebook Messenger chat bot for paying bills [InnovatioNews]
  • This Colorado tech company is responsible for more than 5 million app installs each month [BuiltinColorado]
  • Lifeless Planet Premier Edition, published by Boulder-based Serenity Forge, coming to PS4 July 19 [PlayStation.Blog]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #141: The slow, steady hum of progress

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At work we have this air conditioning unit that makes a low buzzing noise. The only time we really notice it is when it turns off or starts up otherwise it’s just a constant source of background noise we get used to.

The Colorado technology community is starting to feel that way to me and in the best way possible. I look ta these headlines this week and I see constant progress. Constant hiring, constant releases, constant adjustments. Just because the general growth in Colorado tech appears constant and fades into the background, just like the air conditioner, we shouldn’t take it for granted.

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Top Colorado Technology News

  • Fast Company names Boulder-based Agribotix to Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in drones for 2016 [Agribotix]
  • Denver’s AppThis launches two new products for app discovery and user acquisition [InnovatioNews]
  • Amadeus Consulting launches free software development planning tool [InnovatioNews]
  • Texas technology company, Apto, makes Denver home [DBJ]
  • Denver-based Dizzion Releases zLink Virtual Desktop Device [Dizzion]
  • Twitter plans expansion in Boulder, doubling office space and staff [DenverPost]
  • Boulder-based SolidFire parent NetApp plans to slash 1,500 jobs in $400M cost-cutting move [DBJ]
  • Techstars 2016 Boulder class has dating, genealogy and Bitcoin startups [Tech+]
  • Making the difference in Zen Planner’s culture in Highlands Ranch with OHANA [ZenPlanner]
  • Another RMOUG Training Days success! [DBAKevlar]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #137: A good week for companies with ‘Z’ in their name

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Zillow is going to grow. Dizzion is expanding. Galvanize gets funding. And Sierra Nevadza will need to hire to fulfill their awesome cool NASA contract. OK, there’s no ‘Z’ in Sierra Nevada but that’s still pretty exciting news for them. It’s great seeing front range companies grow!

I’m going to start figuring out how to turn this weekly post into a podcast and I’m going to start looking for tweets with the hashtag #coloradotech to build my lists. I’m looking forward to interacting with you in new, fun ways!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Silicon Slopes: 5 innovative tech companies that call ski towns home [BuiltinColorado]
  • No love for Loveland: Madwire Media is moving to Ft. Collins [BuiltinColorado]
  • Hiring likely soon at Louisville-based Sierra Nevada Space Systems thanks to NASA contract [Boulderopolis]
  • Denver’s Dizzion expands offices, staff to accommodate record growth [Dizzion]
  • 4 companies leading the charge for a more diverse Colorado tech [BuiltinColorado]
  • Broncos use technology to deepen fan support [DenverPost]
  • Denver-based Galvanize raises $3 million in venture from Colorado fund [Tech+]
  • Lunch & Learn Recap: Kendra Prospero, CEO of Turning the Corner, on tips from a technical recruiter & job placement professional [CodeCraft]
  • The Colorado Office of Information Technology FY15 Annual Report is hot off the press [ColoradoOIT]
  • Zillow says it will add 150 Denver-area jobs [DBJ]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #86: Games, Growth and Coding #LikeAGirl

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So I’ll admit I didn’t watch the Super Bowl yesterday. I went ice skating with my 11 year old daughter like we usually do on Sundays. However I couldn’t help but notice the impact of the Always #LikeAGirl commercial. My daughter definitely skates like a girl: Determined and focused. I mention coding like a girl because half of my upcoming events are from women, for women and they will help you code like a girl. I hope organizations like Girl Develop It and Women Who Code continue to grow so my daughter can take advantage of them when she’s old enough.

This weekend I got experience ClutchCon, Colorado’s first ever eSports tournament and LAN party thanks to DaVinci Coders. They asked me to volunteer at their booth promoting their new Game Development program. Here are a few things I learned from ClutchCon:

  • The game development community is small. Really small! If you can name more than 5 game development companies in Colorado with 10 or more employees I’d be shocked and amazed.
  • Games are still for kids. The stereotype of the gamer as the cynical teenage boy cursing obscenities at n00bs while guzzling caffeine is just that, a poor stereotype. I was impressed by the amount of teens I saw there with their parents. I was especially impressed with Steven Harmon, the 15 year old with his own booth to show off his games with business cards, T-shirts and parental support.
  • If you want to become a game developer, learn C# and Unity. It’s that simple.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • $758M in funding and $11B in exits: Colorado tech just had its best year ever [BuiltinColorado]
  • 16 diverse startups at Galvanize pitch cool tech [TechKnowBytes]
  • Anna Ewing appointed executive director of  Colorado Innovation Network and  chief operating officer of OEDIT [COIN]
  • Colorado tech roundup: Boulder’s Techstars gets new fund, Denver-based Dizzion raises $3.9M, and more [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver-based FullContact launches Unified Address Book for iOS with new $7M equity investment [InnovatioNews]
  • Galvanize’s new nonprofit foundation will give out scholarships for code schools [TechCrunch]
  • How Broomfield’s Level 3 gets the Super Bowl to your TV, tablet and smartphone [TechKnowBytes]
  • Rapidly growing Denver-based Choozle closes $4.1M funding round [ConfluenceDenver]
  • Scott McNealy to preach virtues of Colorado at showcase for VCs [Xconomy]
  • UNC receives $75K CDHE grant to help increase numbers of minority STEM students [InnovatioNews]

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